Risk of Whipworms in Dogs in Licking County, Ohio

 

Dogs can acquire many types of parasites, such as whipworms, and the rate of infection can vary based on the state you live in such as Ohio, your county such as Licking County, and even can vary within communities such as Newark, Granville, Heath, Hebron or Buckeye Lake.

Whipworms are worms that live in the dog’s intestines (cecum and colon) where they cause severe irritation. Whipworm infections in dogs can cause watery, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, and general debilitation. Puppies can die with serious whipworm infections. Whipworms pass eggs in the dog’s stool that must be found with a microscope.

The risk of Whipworms s in Licking County, Ohio, is 1.38% (1 out of 73 dogs tested positive for Whipworms. The risk of Whipworms in the state of Ohio is 0.94%# (1 out of 107 dog tested positive for Whipworms).

As you can see in the footnote below, these numbers represent approximately 30% of the cases of whipworms present in Licking County. We believe the risk of Whipworms in Dogs in Licking county is approximately 3% which means about 3 in 100 dogs may be Positive for Whipworms.

There are other gastrointestinal parasites also with substantial risk in Licking County including Roundworms and Hookworms.

We routinely test for roundworms in our fecal parasite examination. For more information or to have your dogs fecal sample checked, please Granville Veterinary Clinic at 740-587-1129. We can perform fecal parasite tests in our clinic and often have the results within 1 hour.

 

* Data for 2017, is from January 1 to June 25.

#This number reflects the total number of tests reported to CAPC in this defined area and represents a sample of the total dog/cat population in this area. The data in provided by IDEXX Laboratories and ANTECH Diagnostics. It is statistically significant and it serves as a strong representation of the parasite activity for each area. However, it does not represent the total number of positive tests. Instead, we estimate it represents less than 30% of the activity in the geographic regions. Data displayed for the current year showcases only the current year data. Depending on the time of year, this map view may only represent a small number of testing months.

Data Source: https://www.capcvet.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/